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Facts about the Election

Polling Date: 25 March 2007

Nomination Period: 14 February – 1 March 2007

General Qualifications for Candidature:

  • A Hong Kong SAR permanent resident who is a Chinese citizen with no right of abode in any foreign country;
  • Reached 40 years of age; and
  • Ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 20 years.

Number of Subscribers Required for Nomination: not less than 100 members of the Election Committee.

Election Expense Ceiling: HK$9.5 million

Voting System:

  • Each member of the Election Committee is entitled to cast a single vote by secret ballot.
  • In a contested election, a candidate who obtains more than half of the total number of valid votes cast in any round of voting shall be returned at the election.
  • In an uncontested election, if the number of support votes obtained by the candidate exceeds half of the total number of valid votes cast in the poll, he shall be returned at the election.

Conduct and Supervision of the Election:

  • The Electoral Affairs Commission is responsible for conducting and supervising the election.
  • A High Court judge has been appointed as the Returning Officer.
  • The Independent Commission Against Corruption will uphold fairness of the election through effective law enforcement, education and prevention.